This web site will be the subject of a presentation at the November cabinet meeting in Prunedale. After a brief demonstration of the site during the meeting, members of the Tech Committee will be on hand to answer questions and give individualized demos to Lions who wish them. After the Cabinet meeting, there will be an optional workshop to demonstrate how you can post information directly to the site. This workshop will last less than an hour. Plan now to invest that time in learning how to make use of this great new tool for publicizing your club’s events and projects!
A number of Lions have already accepted invitations that were sent out last week to join this site so that they can begin to contribute information by writing their own posts. Bear in mind, that we are all learning this software togethere. Those of us on the committee implementing it are only one to three steps ahead of the rest of you and some situations may arise that take us by surprise. I even have a real life example.
One early adopter went throught the process of creating his account and then immediately wrote a post. I happened to call him later that evening about something else and he told me what he’d done. I was puzzled, because i couldn’t find his post on the site, so I told him I’d investigate and he said he’d poke around too, see what he could learn.
Long story short, when you accept the invitation to be a part of the WordPress community, and a member of this particular group, you are also granted your very own blogspace. At least some of you are, anyway. Clearly there’s a choice that you all are making somewhere along the line, because as I look at the membership records from the administrative page, one piece of information I’m given about each of you is the URL to your blog. For some of you, that URL is the same as the URL for this site: 4c6lions.wordpress.com. For others of you, your URL is to a different WordPress blog, namely, yours, but you are all members of this group. However those of you who do have your own blogspace may need to pay attention to which blog you are posting to when you do. Otherwise you might be sitting at your computer wondering where your words are going! That’s exactly what happened to the Lion in my example last week, We found his post on his blog, so he came back and re-wrote it into this one.
Contact us if you have any problems or questions about this.
AND START POSTING! Let’s just fill this space with all the news and information about what’s happening in 4-C6. I predict that by the end of this Lions year, we won’t know how we ever managed without a resource like this at our disposal.
UPDATE 10/8/08: Here’s a tip to make sure you’re posting to the correct blog: When you are in the “Write Post” mode, the screen should look something like this:
Note the prominent text that reads “District 4-C6 Lions” if anything else appears but that text, you are posting to the WRONG site! 🙂
This is where we will post links to the District Bulletin and other published documents, for your reference. Looking for the latest edition of DG Marlene’s “LIONS Energizer”? Check up there! We hope to build this into a reference library that will contain just about any form, flyer, brochure or other publication that you might need.
We’re going to learn some lessons along the way, as we implement this new form of communicating among the Lions and Clubs of our District. Blogging has been around for a few years now, however, and other practitioners of the art have already learned some hard lessons that we can avoid.
First one that comes to mind is protecting your privacy. Notice that we are not, as a general rule, publishing personally identifiable information, such as email addresses and phone numbers, on this site. That is because this site is openly available to the public and to the spiders and bots that crawl through the Internet, harvesting such data to feed the massive appetites of those who generate all that lovely spam that brightens your day when you see it in your Inbox.
Sharing phone numbers, address and email addresses among the members of our District is, of course, necessary for the conduct of business. For the time being, until we can identify what solution we will implement that will allow us to share sensitive information securely and only with those we want to have it, let us adopt a format for points of contact on this site, using just the person’s name, followed by their club name. For example, Lion Hugh Donagher (Sunnyvale Host). With just that information, we should be able to find each other pretty readily, using the District Directory or other resources.
Of course, you are free to share your own information, if you so desire. It’s your email account! But please be careful about posting other people’s email addresses or phone numbers, unless they specifically ask you to do so, or you get their permission beforehand.
If you would like to post information about your club’s happenings and publicize your projects and fundraisers, or if you are a District officer or chairperson who would like to promote your projects, meetings and evens here, simply contact Hugh Donagher or John Kelly, whose contact information can be found in the district directory.
(Please note that publishing personal phone numbers and email addresses on publicly accessible blogs is not something we recommend. Read the post on protecting your privacy for more discussion on this topic.)